Neglecting your oral health can have devastating effects on the health and vitality of oral tissues. Neglect can also cost you a lot of time and money when conditions and diseases are left untreated for prolonged amounts of time. This is why it is important to visit your dentist for routine checkups and cleanings and commit to a thorough oral hygiene regimen. Following are some ways that neglected oral health can affect your wallet and quality of life.
Oral Health and General Well-being are Connected
Studies have shown that many oral health conditions coincide with ailments such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and immunity. All the body’s systems are connected and when your oral health is compromised, it can affect your overall well-being. Neglecting your oral health by skipping routine checkups and cleanings or by not practicing proper oral hygiene can cause oral disease and exacerbate general health conditions, costing you time, money, and your wellness.
Tooth Replacement is Costly
Neglecting your oral health can lead to tooth loss—especially if you have untreated tooth decay or gum disease. Losing teeth is devastating. It will make eating very difficult and it will affect your self-esteem. Replacing lost teeth can be costly. This is because custom restorations, made in a laboratory, are used so that prosthetics fit properly and look natural. While teeth can be replaced and smiles can be restored, it is best to retain biological teeth by caring for them properly.
Advanced Periodontal Disease Treatment is Invasive
Advanced periodontal disease can wreck your health. Not only does this condition break down the support structures of teeth and lead to tooth loss, it can affect general health, too. If caught and treated early on, periodontal disease is curable. Unfortunately, if someone with periodontal disease neglects their health and does not receive professional treatment, invasive treatments and deep prophylaxis are needed on a continuous basis to control the infection.
Scheduling regular checkups with our dental team can help prevent oral disease and increase the likelihood of early detection. Call us today to reserve an appointment.